FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2014
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Legislature Puts Health & Safety Needs of Children First
Emergency Student Treatment Legislation Passes Final Legislative Test
SACRAMENTO: SB 1266, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), passed its final legislative test today, passing off the Senate Floor with unanimous support. The measure, which now heads to the governor for his signature, will require public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered quickly and safely if a student suffers from a serious anaphylactic allergy reaction during school hours.
This issue recently drew the attention of President Obama, who signed federal legislation that rewards states who require stock epinephrine in schools, by giving them possible preferential treatment in the awarding of certain grants (HR 2094 – School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act). Current California law allows schools to stock epinephrine, but does not require it.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues in both the Senate and the Assembly for their unwavering support to put the safety needs of our children first,” said Senator Huff following today’s vote. “I’m hopeful that the governor will see the need for this legislation and sign it into law. This is not a political issue. This is a safety issue.”
According to Food Allergy Research & Education, which sponsored Senator Huff’s bill, as many as 15 million Americans suffer from life threatening allergies. It is estimated that nearly 6 million of these people are children under the age of 18 — one in every 13 children or 2 in every classroom. Approximately 25 percent of first time allergic reactions that require epinephrine happen at school. Epinephrine, commonly known as adrenalin, is the first line of treatment for anyone who suffers from an anaphylactic allergic shock.
“SB 1266 will help save lives by ensuring emergency medication is available at schools, especially helping students who don’t know they have an allergy,” Senator Huff said. “I’m thankful to the numerous medical professionals, nurses and parents who testified on our behalf. This was truly a team effort.”
SB 1266 is supported by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; American Red Cross; California Academy of Physician Assistants; California School Nurses Association, California Advocates for Food Allergies; California American College of Emergency Physicians; California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American Nurses Association\California and many other local and statewide organizations and individuals.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.